LPS Spotlight

News for the Livingston Public Schools Community


Dear LPS Community:

We have made some changes to our district newsletter, formerly known as "DISCOVER."

What's different? The district newsletter will now be called "LPS Spotlight" and will be sent out to all parents who are in our mass notification system. No subscription required! The newsletter has a new look because we switched to the Smore e-newsletter platform.

What's the same? We will still be providing you with important information, including district news, upcoming events, student and staff achievements and more, at least twice a month!

Thank you for reading!


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BHE kindergartners show off the PJs they collected for the Pajama Program, a non-profit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for all children to help them thrive.

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  • Board of Education Meeting Tonight
  • Emergency Alert Test: December 13, 2021
  • Calendar Reminders
  • HMS Presents One Act Play This Week
  • MPMS Show
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Public Meeting: December 7, 2021 at 7 p.m.

The Livingston Board of Education will hold a public meeting tonight, Tuesday, December, 2021, at 7 p.m. The public meeting agenda includes the National Merit Semifinalist Book Presentation and an overview of new course offerings.

Tonight's meeting will be held in a hybrid format during which participants will have the ability to ask questions and make comments either in person or via the webinar. Those who have been approved to attend in person have been notified. Registration for the webinar using the link below. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the district's Facebook page, @LivSchools.

View Public Comment Guidelines.

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District Alert Test: December 13, 2021, 6PM

Livingston Public Schools will send out a test of our District Alert System via text, email and phone on Monday, December 13, 2021, at 6PM. Please log into the Genesis Parent Portal to confirm your contact information. If you make any changes, you must click “SAVE ALL CHANGES” when you are done. Any changes made by Saturday, December 11, 2021 will be included in this test.

If you do not receive the message on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 6PM, please contact Toni McLaughlin at tmclaughlin@livingston.org.

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PRESENTATIONS: "Supporting Your Child's Reading at Home"

Click the links below to look through the slides and resources from the Parent Learning Series reading programs that were recently presented by Tanya Lopez-Gonzalez, LPS Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development.

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Calendar Reminders!

December 23, 2021: Partial day for staff and students

December 24-31, 2021: Holiday break; all schools and offices closed.


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Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available to LPS staff, students and families every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. from BacktoWork Solutions.

Click here to register for a quick Telemed Evaluation. Following the Telemed Evaluation you will be invited to schedule your COVID test, which takes place at the Riker Hill Media Center.

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HMS Theater Presents...

Heritage Middle School will present "Identity Play; or Who You Are if You Think You Are" this week! (See rehearsal photos below.) This one-act comedy/drama play will be performed by two casts. The show includes a series of short scenes that explore "identity and being true to who you are, what defines who you are, and how to accept yourself and others." Tickets are $7 ($5 for students).

  • Cast #1 Performances: Thursday, December 9, at 7PM and Saturday, December 11, at 7PM
  • Cast #2 Performances: Friday, December 10, at 7PM and Saturday, December 11, 2PM
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"Stefanie Hero" at MPMS!

"Congratulations to the cast, crew and director Mr. Russ of STEFANIE HERO on an amazing performance. It was LANCERTASTIC! " -- Bronawyn O'Leary, MPMS Principal

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College Counseling Corner

Follow me on Twitter (@LivHS_College) and Instagram (@livhs_college). The LHS College Counseling Website is another important place to find information, see updates, and contact me.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Even though it's December, I'm sure you are starting to think about classes for next year. Even if you don't know what you want to major in, speak with your counselor in your scheduling meeting about some of your interests to help guide your course selection!

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LACD Holiday Event: December 20, 2021

The Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities (LACD) has announced that it will be renewing its Camuso Holiday Display event with the Camuso Committee this holiday season! This free event for people with special needs and their families will take place on Saturday, December 18, from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Gazebo at the Livingston Oval Gazebo. In case of rain or snow, the event will be postponed to Monday, December 20, 2021. To check on the status of the event in case of inclement weather, call 973-535-7961, extension 231.

After enjoying the beautiful holiday display that the Camuso Committee sets up each year, participants are invited to take a picture with the LACD's fully vaccinated Santa. The LACD will provide free refreshments for all guests. Guest with special needs will all receive a present. The LACD asks that everyone wear a mask to this event.

Call Alan Karpas at 973-477-9989 or email alan@karpas.net to RSVP by December 8 and for more information. Visit the LACD online at www.facebook.com/lacdnj and www.livingstonnj.org/LACD.

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LSO Gala Concert

The Livingston Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will hold a Gala Concert celebrating first responders and medical professionals on Saturday, December 11, 2021. The concert will be presented in the Livingston High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The Livingston Public Library has something for everyone! Visit its website to learn more about library news, departments, programs and services!

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LPS Spotlight

2021-2022 School Year / No. 6

Michelle Bent

Communications & Community Outreach Coordinator

Livingston Public Schools

(973) 535-8000 ext. 8036

Email: mbent@livingston.org


LPS Spotlight is the official e-newsletter of the Livingston Public Schools.